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THE ATARI 400™ COMPUTER SYSTEM 

THE BASIC 
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Insert the Star Raiders™ cartridge and become 
a Starship Commander! Arm your attack com- 
puter, jump through hyperspace and battle the 
the attacking Zylon fighters! 

The Entertainer* comes with a pair of joystick 
controllers and two of the world's most exciting 
computer games — Star Raiders and Missile 
Command™ To play Star Raiders, all you do is 
insert the cartridge, plug in a joystick and get 
ready for high-speed combat. 

Many other exciting computer games for your 
ATARI computer are available now or will be 
available soon. 

Asteroids™ 
Space Invaders' 
Super Breakout " 
3-D Tic-Tac-Toe 
Video Easel™ 
Basketball 
Computer Chess 




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Even if you've never written a program before, 
The Programmer will have you writing BASICS 
programs in just a few minutes. After that, the ^ 
possibilities are limitless — you can solve busi- 
ness or scientific problems, invent your own 
games or even compose music. 

The Programmer comes with an ATARI BASIC 
Computer Language cartridge, the ATARI 
BASIC Reference Manual and the ATARI BASIC 
Self-Teaching Guide that teaches you how to 
program in easy-to-follow steps. 





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* ATARI reserves the right to substitute another game cartridge 
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The Communicator can tap into some of the 
biggest electronic brains in the world! Get the 
news hot off the wire or have the Communi- 
cator print your stock prices right on your TV 
screen. You'll also be able to get electronic 
mail, games and even "talk" to other users. 

The Communicator comes with a TeleLink™ 1 
cartridge, an ATARI 850™ Interface Module 
and an ATARI 830™ Acoustic Modem so you 
can send and receive information over any 
standard telephone. You also receive a free 
hour of connect time to the Dow Jones Infor- 
mation Service, the CompuServe Information 
Service and The Source Telecomputing, so you 
can see the many fascinating kinds of informa- 
tion the computer can give you. 




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Let the computer teach you a variety of 
subjects and skills. It can help you and your 
children learn faster because The Educator 
makes learning fun. 

The Educator comes with an ATARI 410™ 
Program Recorder to load your programs, a 
BASIC cartridge and the States & Capitals pro- 
gram cassette. All you do is insert the cartridge, 
plug in the cassette recorder and load the 
program— the computer takes it from there. 

Many other educational and self-improvement 
programs and games for your ATARI computer 
are available now or will be available soon. 

Energy Czar™ 

Hangman 

Conversational Spanish 

Conversational French 

Conversational German 

Conversational Italian 

European Countries & Capitals 

Touch Typing 

Statistics 1 

An Invitation to Programming™ 1 

An Invitation to Programming 2 

An Invitation to Programming 3 

States & Capitals 

Kingdom™ 

Scram™ (A Nuclear Power Plant Simulation) 

Biorhythm 

Music Composer™ 

Blackjack 

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THE BASIC 
COMPUTER 



CARTRIDGE DOOR 



DOOR RELEASE 



CONTROLLER JACKS 



POWER INDICATOR 





POWER JACK 
POWER SWITCH 

CONNECTOR 



INSTALLING 

THE TV SWITCH BOX 



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The TV Switch Box switches your 
television from regular TV pro- 
grams to your ATARI 400 computer. 
You can also connect your antenna 
or cable TV to the TV Switch Box. 
When you want to switch from reg- 
ular TV reception to your computer, 
just slide the switch from the TV 
to the Computer or Game position. 



IThe TV Switch Box connects 
to the VHF antenna terminal 
at the back of your TV set. 
But first, you'll need to dis- 
connect the present antenna 
or cable from the TV and reconnect 
it to the side of the TV Switch 
Box labeled Antenna. 




Notice 
whether the cable 
is round or flat. If you 
have a flat, twin-lead cable, 
connect it to the terminals 
marked 300 Ohm on the TV Switch 
Box. If you have a round cable, 
screw it onto the threaded connec- 
tor marked 75 Ohm. 





3 Peel off the protective 
cover sheet from the self- 
adhesive square and stick 
the box onto the back of 
your TV If your TV set 
was connected to a flat, twin-lead 
(300 Ohm) cable, you're finished 
installing the TV Switch Box. 



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2 Now locate the short 
twin-lead cable marked 
TV that comes from the 
TV Switch Box and 
connect it to the two VHF 
terminals on your TV set. 



4 However, if the cable is a 
round (75 Ohm) one, you 
may need to adjust the 
antenna terminal switch 
on your TV set so it can 
receive the 300 Ohm signal from the 
TV Switch Box. Check the antenna 
connection on the back of your 
TV and adjust it according to the 
following diagrams. 



If it looks like this, push 
the switch to the 300 Ohm 
(30011) position. 



If it looks like this, loosen 
the screws holding the 
U-shaped slider and move 
it to the position marked 
300 Ohm or 300 11. 

If it looks like this, screw the 
short round wire into the 
connector provided. 




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CONNECTING 

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5 Locate the round cord 
that comes from the back 
of computer console. Plug 
the end of this cord into 
the terminal on the TV 
itch Box labeled Computer or 
■ame. Make sure the TV Switch 
Box is set to the Computer position. 



7 Set the Channel Select 
Switch on the back of the 
computer console to the 
same channel. After you 
turn on the computer, you 
may need to adjust the fine-tuning 
knob on your TV to improve recep- 
tion from the computer. 



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Turn on your TV set and 
tune it to Channel 2 or 3 
— whichever is weaker in 
your area. 



8 Locate the AC Power 
Adaptor that comes with 
the computer and plug 
the round end of the 
Power Adaptor into the 
connector labeled Power Jack on 
the side of the computer console. 



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Plug the other end into 
a wall outlet. 



ATARI COMPUTER - MEMO PAD 



You're now ready to 
turn on your com- 
puter. The main pow- 
er switch, labeled 
Power On/Off, is 
located on the side panel. As soon 
as you turn it on (provided the 
cartridge door is closed and no 
cartridge is inserted), the words 
ATARI COMPUTER -MEMO PAD 
appear on your TV screen. What- 
ever you type on the keyboard is 
now displayed on the TV screen. 

You may notice that the colors on 
your TV screen change periodically 
if you don't use your computer for 
a few minutes. This is perfectly 
normal and is done to protect your 
TV set. 

If your TV doesn't display the words 
ATARI COMPUTER -MEMO PAD 
or the words you type, you may 
have a problem. First, check over 
all the previous steps. If you think 
your computer needs service, con- 
tact the Authorized ATARI Service 
Center listed in the yellow pages 
of the telephone directory. Or call 
the ATARI Customer Service 
Department toll free at 800-538-8547 
from anywhere in the continental 
U.S. (from California, call 
800-672-1430). 



INSERTING 
CARTRIDGES 



CONNECTING 

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EQUIPMENT 



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ush the cartridge door 
release lever down to 
raise the cartridge 
door. Whenever you 
do this, the ATARI 400 
computer automatically turns itself 
off. It turns itself back on when you 
close the door. 





When you insert most cartridges 
(particularly games), many of the 
keys on the keyboard stop working. 
The instructions that come with 
the cartridge tell you which of the 
remaining keys to use for that 
cartridge. 



Your ATARI 400 com- 
puter is designed so 
you can easily connect 
your kit, or add other 
ATARI components, 
depending on how you plan to use 
your computer. These components 
simply plug together so you can 
develop or expand a system for a 
particular purpose. You'll find direc- 
tions for connecting kit components 
such as the ATARI 410 Program 
Recorder in the instructions that 
come with that product. 

If youd like to expand your system, 
the ATARI Personal Computer 
Product Catalog, available from 
your local ATARI dealer, explains 
how many other ATARI products 
can enhance your computer. 



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Insert the cartridge into the slot with 
the label facing you. Press down 
carefully and firmly. When you close 
the cartridge door, the red power 
indicator at the right of the keyboard 
lights up, and the TV screen displays 
the title screen for the cartridge you 
selected. Then follow the instruc- 
tions that come with the cartridge. 




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